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Instant Pot Brisket

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best instant pot brisket recipe, easy instant pot brisket recipe, instant pot brisket, pressure cook brisket
Servings: 6


  • Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot (6qt or larger)


Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoke paprika
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper

Rub Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoke paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  • 3-4 lbs beef brisket
  • 1 cup beef broth unsalted or low-sodium


  • Combine all the BBQ sauce ingredients together and mix well. Set aside. Optional: favorite store bought BBQ sauce can replace in this step.
  • Clean and pat the brisket dry with a paper towel. Trim and discard some of the fat.
  • Pour the beef broth in the instant pot.
  • In a small bowl: combine all the dry rub ingredients together and mix.
  • Rub the dry ingredients on both sides of the brisket.
  • Place the brisket in the cooker (IP).
  • Pour the BBQ sauce over the brisket.
  • Place the lid on. Pressure cook on high for 20 min per-pound and natural release for 20 minutes (exercise caution when releasing pressure from the cooker). Follow the manufacture instructions for how to do a quick release. Remove lid.
  • Transfer the brisket to a plate/cutting board. Cover with aluminum foil.
  • Press the sauté setting on high. Simmer the sauce for 15-20 minutes or until it thickens.
  • Slice the brisket.
  • Plate the brisket and cover with BBQ sauce.

Serve with mash potatoes, salad or bread. Enjoy!